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Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

The purpose of this (one-Hour) course is to provide Architects or Professional Engineers with a fundamental understanding and technical knowledge associated with reducing lead-paint hazards in historic housing.

Lead-based paint, a toxic material, was widely used in North America on both the exteriors and interiors of buildings until well into the second half of the twentieth century. If a "historic" place is broadly defined in terms of time as having attained an age of fifty years, this means that almost every historic house contains some lead-based paint. In its deteriorated form, it produces paint chips and lead-laden dust particles that are a known health hazard to both children and adults

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the complex issue of historic lead-based paint and its management. It explains how to plan and implement lead-hazard control measures to strike a balance between preserving a historic building's significant materials and features and protecting human health and safety, as well as the environment. It is not meant to be a "how-to guide" for undertaking the work. Such a short-cut approach could easily result in creating a greater health risk, if proper precautions were not taken.

This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 37 which is entitled “Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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